- Manchester City recorded a 17th win on the spin against Feyenoord on Tuesday
- Despite the 1-0 Champions League victory, Pep Guardiola was not too happy
- Yaya Toure revealed Guardiola ripped into his players inside the dressing room
- Midfielder Toure said team played ‘lazily’ and can perform better than they did
Pep Guardiola ripped into his Manchester City stars inside the dressing room on Tuesday night — despite notching a 17th win on the spin.
Raheem Sterling’s late winner eased Feyenoord aside and extended a club record of consecutive victories, but Yaya Toure revealed the manager was incensed by their lack of cutting edge.
‘Sometimes, when the manager makes changes, then maybe in your head you’re not so focused and we don’t concentrate,’ Toure said.
Pep Guardiola looked disappointed with his team on the pitch, and he laid into them off it
Yaya Toure has admitted that City boss Guardiola have them a talking-to in the dressing room
‘We miss easy passes and we miss easy chances. The manager at the end was quite angry with the team. We can do better than that. We played lazily. You have to respect the opponent and the way to do that is to score goals.’
Guardiola warned City about the potential for complacency last week and Toure addressed whether motivation ahead of what appear to be routine games could represent a problem.
‘That’s my worry,’ he added. ‘It’s human nature that sometimes you are a little bit lazy, think you’re super or arrogance can go in your head.
‘Especially when you are young. You look beautiful and think you’re going to be the best. But we have to keep going. The momentum is brilliant at the moment.’
Toure insisted City can challenge the likes of Juventus, Real Madrid and Barcelona for Champions League honours this season.
‘When you see all the top teams, they all struggle a little bit to be honest,’ Toure said. ‘When I see Juventus, Real Madrid or Barcelona — all these teams — we’ve got to be stronger and better. Statistics mean nothing and we have to play against them and see where we are.’
Phil Foden came on for his debut, replacing Toure in the second half at the Etihad Stadium
Foden says it ‘meant everything’ to him to come on for his boyhood club on Tuesday night
Phil Foden, the 17-year-old boyhood City supporter, replaced the veteran to make his debut.
‘It meant everything,’ Foden said. ‘I’ve waited so long for this opportunity and it finally came and meant everything to me.
‘It’s brilliant to be around players like David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne and learn every day from them. It’s an honour to be involved with the squad.’